Unfortunately, even with a fresh cut, the tree is not drinking. At all. Doug suggested we get a fake tree next year, but that will never happen. We'll just plan better and go cut our own. It'll be interesting having a Florida tree (probably a sand pine) instead of one of the northern species.
We also decorated the front of the house a bit. Our inflatables did not survive, so that was disappointing, but we had plenty of lights. Unfortunately, we were all out of 3M Command Hooks to make the lights go nicely across the arch, and we were too lazy to go out to the store to get more, so we just strung them across. Not our best work, but oh well.